10 Cat-Themed Holiday Gifts for Less Than $25


You don’t have to drop a lot of dough this season to get cool, kitty-themed gifts for your friends and family! From calendars and ornaments to T-shirts and totes, check out my picks for 10 fun, affordable (and adorable!) ways to get your cat fix for $25 or less!

1. Lil Bub 2013 Calendar

2012 was the year of Lil Bub, so why not ring in 2013 with a whole calendar dedicated to the most magical cat on the planet?

Plus, your $15 goes far — with every purchase, you get an additional calendar from Pets Alive (which features Bub on the cover), plus $5 from every sale will be donated to the Bloomington-based nonprofit, dedicated to ending pet overpopulation in south central Indiana with high-quality, low-cost spay/neuter services for cats and dogs.

2. Little Ears Headband

Cat ears were a major fashion trend this year, proving that they aren’t just for Halloween anymore. Stars like Lea Michele and Emma Watson wore the feline-inspired headbands for editorials in Nylon and Glamour respectively, and major retailers started stocking the look that could be worn year round.

Urban Outfitters’ version of the trend features a delicate pink- or black-wrapped headband accented with rhinestone detailing that’ll leave your Secret Santa sparkling all season long.

3. Nyan Cat Musical Plush

There’s been a lot of Nyan Cat merch floating around the Internet for awhile, but this 6-inch musical plush is the Pop Tart cat’s first official product to hit store shelves.

Armed with his signature 8-bit look and colorful rainbow flag, the stuffed kitty comes ready to adopt, and is sure to bring a smile to your face as it “Nyanyanyanyanyanyanyas” its way into your heart.

4. Kitty Cat Necklace from boygirlparty

San Diego-based artist Susie Ghahremani (aka boygirlparty) is a painter who loves animals and crafts handmade items featuring her original artwork and designs. If you know someone who loves cats, why not surprise them with a sweet feline necklace they can wear close to their heart?

This tiger-striped kitty pendant is based on an original drawing, and is embossed in cast metal with a brushed antique finish on an 18-inch ball-chain necklace.

5. Knit Your Own Cat by Sally Muir & Joanna Osborne

Whether your pals are seasoned knitters or crafty cat ladies in training, they’ll surely appreciate this tome dedicated to creating mini-kitty replicas out of yarn.

The instructional book includes 16 fanciful feline patterns, so you can craft a kitty to match your own brood. There’s even info on how to make extra accessories, like collars, bells, and bows. Just think — you can make as many knitted kitties as you’d like, but without all those extra litter bills!

6. Meow Is The Time T-Shirt

This purrfect gift (and feline-inspired call to action) comes from Chicago-based Pussies on Parade, purveyors of fine feline art, apparel, jewelry, home goods, and more!

The exclusive tee (also available as a print) comes in unisex sizes and is available in ruby red, royal blue, Irish green, and charcoal grey.

7. Black Cat Fingerless Gloves

Keep your friend’s paws warm this winter with super cute fingerless gloves from Dorothy Perkins, which transform into kitten mittens in a snap! The ears, nose, and mouth sparkle with sequins, while the “hood” pulls down and fastens with a rhinestone button to keep your digits nice and toasty.

The hand warmers also come in teal, and for a little extra cash you can add a matching feline beanie to complete the set.

8. Glittery Volkswagen Clay Cat Folk Art Ornament

Artist Ryan Conners of Kilkenny Cat Art creates cat folk art paintings and funky ornaments, which are sure to add a touch of feline flair to any tree.

Give the gift of road-tripping kitties — just pick your car (VW Bus or Beetle) and color. The glittery clay ornaments are handmade and hand-painted by Ryan herself and make a unique gift for the cat purrson who has it all.

9. Crazy Cat Lady Tote Bag from the Bold Banana

For the crazy cat lady in your life who isn’t afraid to show it! Feline pride is at an all-time high, and this fashionable and functional tote allows her to share that love with the world.

The natural canvas bag is screen-printed with black ink and is the perfect size for toting around books, groceries, and maybe even a toy mouse or two!

10. Zip It Sateen in Cameo White Fancy Fest Print by Lilly Pulitzer

Every accessory deserves the feline treatment, and this catty coin purse is sure to make ’em purr!

The designer Zip It Sateen features a chic black cat silhouette with gold accents, and comes with an ID pocket, keyring, and just enough room to stash all the essentials when you’re on the go!

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